Investment & Finance

Introduction

Collectively, colleges and universities invest hundreds of billions of dollars. Like other decisions that institutions make, these investments have impacts that are both local and global in scope. Institutions with transparent and democratic investment processes promote accountability and engagement by the campus and community. By using the tools of sustainable investing, institutions can improve the long-term health of their endowments, encourage better corporate behavior, support innovation in sustainable products and services, support sustainability in their community, and help build a more just and sustainable financial system.

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Turnkey: Creating a Green Fund

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Student-led green funds are on the rise at institutions across the nation. There are many green fund models to study and select a best fit for creating your campus green ...

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Students Take the Lead for Innovative Sustainability Programs at America's most Northern University

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The students of University of Alaska Fairbanks, in 2009 voted a $20 dollar sustainability fee, which is matched by the Chancellor and anticipated to raise $5,000,000 over its ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student-Fee Supported Campus Green Funds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This session will provide a background on student-fee supported campus green funds, then dive into methods for running a campus campaign, followed by examples for how to run a campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Crisis Into Opportunity: Can sustainability programs and budget cuts be mutually supportive?

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

When budget cuts are a university's priority in a time of fiscal crisis, how can sustainability programs turn that crisis into an opportunity? Doing so not only is necessary ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Establishing a Fund for Implementing a Climate Action Plan at the University of New Hampshire

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

This presentation discusses the establishment of a revolving fund using an initial investment to implement a portfolio of projects yielding energy savings that will then fund future projects directly tied ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Green Funds: Expanding the Students' Role in Shaping More Sustainable Universities

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Universities must consider all facets of the institution in their quest to promote and incorporate sustainability. Co-curricular programs, such as Green Funds, can complement sustainability education in the academic curriculum ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Investing in a Sustainable Future

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This presentation illustrates one approach to teaching sustainability in business schools by describing the rationale and structure used to develop and deliver our course, "Investing in a Sustainable Future," a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Allocating a Student Green Fund - First year experience

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

This informational presentation will provide an overview and go into detail about our first year of experience with our University's student green fund. The presentation will cover the structure ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Green Fee Management and Project Implementation

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Carnegie Mellon University has instituted environmental education across its curriculum over the past five years. The latest course addition, "The Environment Today," was spearheaded by student organizations at Carnegie Mellon ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Green Billion-Dollar Challenge: Innovative Endowment Investing in Energy Efficiency

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, the panel ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Financing Renewable Energy Installations on University and College Campuses

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

When you evaluate the plans filed with ACUPCC for achieving Zero-Carbon by 2050, virtually every plan dependents on the installation and operation of on-site renewable energy. With today's difficult ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Green Fee: Three ideas to spur campus sustainability

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

A student Green Fee was inititiated in the Fall of 2008 at Bemidji State University. This session will describe Green Fee Mini-Grants, Sustainability Employment, and an off-the-grid bus stop shelter ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UNCP Initiative - Performance Contracting as a Catalyst for Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)
  • Siemens Industry, Inc. (IL)
  • Celtic Energy, Inc. (CT)

Higher Education Institutions have increasingly used Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) as a tool to implement energy saving measures and infrastructure improvements in facilities. The continued erosion of State funding ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Facing the Inevitable---Integrated Financial + Sustainability/CSR Reporting for Business

  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)
  • Ceres (MA)

In the wake of the financial meltdown, stakeholder groups around the globe are pressing for mandatory integrated reporting that incorporates environmental, social and governance issues into financial reporting. New requirements ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Going Green Can Benefit Your Campus Educationally and Fiscally

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • Trane (TX)

Going green can be good for you. A successful campus-wide sustainability effort can serve an institution both educationally and fiscally. As part of a campus-wide sustainability plan to become zero ...

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Student Sustainability Fees: What Do We Do When They Pass?

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In our March 2010 student government elections, after a wide-reaching and creative campaign, Western Michigan University (WMU) students voted to support a fee to finance campus sustainability initiatives. In April ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building a catalyzing collaborative funding process: McGill's transferable lessons

  • McGill University (QC)

Funding is a consistent limit to action toward sustainability in higher education. Last year, students at McGill University took the lead on actualizing the latent potential on campus by establishing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Implementing a Local Food Fundraiser on your Campus

  • University of Missouri (MO)

This session will provide tools to plan and measure the success of a campus-wide fundraiser. The Local Food for Local People food drive has successfully raised over $1,000 in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Student Green Fee: Lessons Learned from the First Year

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The number of universities with some form of "Student Green Fee" are increasing each year. Bowling Green State University joined the ranks of these institutions and just completed its first ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UCF, an In-House Energy Service Group that Saves Millions

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) surpassed its goal and decreased its energy consumption by 25 percent per square foot in fiscal year 2008-2009. This saved the university close to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Ithaca College's New Commit-to-Change Initiative

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College's leadership in environmental and sustainability education and operations just got a significant boost with the assistance of a three-year, $500,000 grant from the HSBC in the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Investment Opportunities

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • RiskMetrics Group (NY)
  • Mercer Investment Consulting (MD)

In the two decades since the South Africa divestment movement engulfed campuses in a debate over what constituted defensible engagement under apartheid, responsible investing has come of age. Mainstream Wall ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Capital: Creating a Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund

  • Roanoke College (VA)

One of the major obstacles to making campuses sustainable is high initial costs, which render financing sustainability measures difficult despite the long-term cost savings many projects reap. On several campuses ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Fossil Free Finances: Divestment and College Endowments

  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

My poster is a summary of the following abstract from a paper titled “Fossil Free Finances: Divestment and College Endowments.” This paper explores the effect colleges and universities have on ...

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Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate

  • Concordia University (IL)

The SIPC program was created by the John Molson School of Business in cooperation with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) Montreal in response to the growing interest in sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Getting Your Green Revolving Fund to Revolve

  • Efficiency Vermont (VT)

In 2011, in partnership with the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), my colleagues and I led a statewide campaign to promote the adoption of green revolving funds (GRF) at Vermont’s ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Integrating Project Evaluation into Funding Environmental Sustainability at Universities

Initiatives to promote environmental sustainability on American higher education campuses have spurred a wide range of expenditures involving many diverse decision-makers, including new committees led by students serving in short-term ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation

  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Butler University (IN)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Developed in partnership with the Campus Green Funds Collaborative, the Guide outlines best practices and lessons learned in designing, managing, promoting, and evaluating campus green funds and their respective projects ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Case for Investing in Campus Sustainability

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Divestment at Unity College

  • Unity College (ME)

We’ve gotten a lot of deserved attention for our recent fossil fuel divestment announcement. By now there are nearly three hundred (and climbing) divestment campaigns – mostly student-led – at colleges ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • ICF International (VA)

Co-published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) and AASHE, the Guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college or university. Based ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Blog: Response on Sustainable Investment among College Endowments

  • AASHE (PA)

Recent research summarized in a Greenbiz blog by Robert Kroop suggests that college and university endowments are no longer leaders in environmental, social, and corporate-governance (ESG) investment. A report from ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guest Blogger: Nine Rules for a Successful Green Revolving Fund

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Students can be a powerful driving force for campus sustainability. However, student initiatives are often plagued by barriers including funding shortages, resistance to institutional change, and the perception that sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Funding & Incentivizing Energy Conservation at the University of Texas

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

In February 2011, the University of Texas at Austin's (UT) President Power's Sustainability Steering Committee identified the need to reduce demand-side energy consumption and create new, consistent funding ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guest Blogger: To Revolve or Not to Revolve?

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

In the last few years, universities have emerged as a hotbed of investment in clean energy and efficiency (“cleantech”). An increasingly popular and innovative tactic for making these investments is ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Greening the Bottom Line 2012

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In collaboration with AASHE and other partner organizations, this Sustainable Endowments Institute publication highlights current trends based on a 2012 survey of 79 green revolving funds (GRFs) at 76 institutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Operational Analysis: Green Grants Program

  • New York University (NY)

This Operational Analysis is an overall description of how New York University's Green Grants Program is functioning, including how well the program supports its stakeholders, grantees, staff and how ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Comparative Analysis of Campus Greening Grant Programs at U.S. Post-Secondary Institutions

  • New York University (NY)

This document compares New York University's Green Grants program with twelve similar campus sustainability granting programs within the United States. It has been prepared as part of an internal ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A Sustainability Fund at Rensselaer: A Policy Analysis and Guide for the Future

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

The sustainability fund, also known as a green fund, has been introduced at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada in the past two decades as a methodology ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Greening the Bottom Line: The Trend toward Green Revolving Funds on Campus

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In collaboration with AASHE and 10 other partner organizations, this Sustainable Endowments Institute publication highlights current trends based on a 2010 survey of green revolving funds that included 52 institutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Green Fund Implementation in U.S. Colleges and Universities from 1973-2010

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. The campus sustainability movement, an outgrowth of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Green Funds: 1997 - 2009

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

While all institutions and individuals share an obligation to pursue their daily activities in recognition of future generations under the sustainability concept, institutions of higher education have a unique responsibility ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Raise the Funds: Campus Action Toolkit

  • AASHE (PA)

This is a guide to funding mechanisms for campus sustainability projects and initiatives for students, staff and administrators. It was released in November 2008.

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Interview with Senator Bernie Sanders on Federal Support for Campus Sustainability

  • AASHE (PA)

In late December, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law. The Act included language introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) that authorizes $250 million annually ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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An optimal investment tool for "greening the campus"

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Buildings consume about 40% of total global energy production, and their greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste generation constitute a major part of global environmental impacts. Current "greening the built ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A Commitment to Climate Neutrality at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: Environmental urgency and financial prudence

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In the past year, the ambitious goal of climate neutrality has exploded out of the higher education sustainability movement, with over 450 schools, including the entire University of Massachusetts system ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Environmental management accounting within universities: current state and future potential

  • RMIT University

Environmental management accounting (EMA) is attracting increased recognition as a management tool that assists in improving financial and environmental performance through enhanced environmental accountability. Various industries have been included in ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Creating a Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund: A Guide for Students

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)

This publication describes innovative and powerful mechanisms for financing sustainability projects on campus including energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations. The guide provides step-by-step guidance for establishing revolving loan ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Investment, Green Return

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Colleges and universities across America are sending a powerful message that what's good for the environment is also good for the bottom-line. Green Investment, Green Return: How Practical Conservation ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Action Fund

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The Green Action Fund is a student-initiated, student-funded, student-led committee that aims to reduce the ecological footprint of UCCS. They promote sustainable environmental, social and economic values through student-sponsored projects ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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